Ailsa Piper has worked as a writer, theatre director, teacher, radio broadcaster, speaker and actor. She played a physio on Neighbours for three years, and wishes she had paid more attention to the massage moves she was taught. John Bell will direct The Duchess of Malfi in July-a version co-adapted by Ailsa. Her play Small Mercies won the Patrick White Playwrights Award, and she has been nominated for Green Room awards as director and actor. She is yet to win an award for walking.